|“Varadkar set for a showdown with top bankers over Covid-19 interest row” is the splash on this week’s paper. Aiden Corkery reports that the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is to face off with bank CEOs this week amid an “escalating row” over interest being charged to mortgage holders on Covid-19 payment breaks. The news comes after Varadkar gave an interview on RTE on Saturday in which he said banks “talk down to you with gobbledygook” and that he didn’t “fully trust what they say”.
Some of the money you pay in taxes is “almost certainly” ending up in the hands of people-traffickers and criminals. That’s according a report by Barry J Whyte on page four who spoke to Kevin Hyland, the UK’s former anti-slavery commissioner. Hyland told Whyte that due to the public procurement processes it is almost certain that some of the taxpayers’ money is ending up in the wrong hands.
City planners are moving to limit the proliferation of tourist souvenir shops on Dublin’s O’Connell Street according to a report on page five. Killian Woods reports that the Dublin City Council ordered the closure of the “My Dublin” souvenir store because it didn’t fall into the category of “higher-order retail”. The Council also refused Claddagh Ring Limited permission to paint its storefront bottle green saying it would result in “further deterioration” of the street.
Airlines are looking for government rebates worth “hundreds of millions” following the collapse in air travel Covid-19. That’s according a report by Peter O’Dwyer on page seven who writes that the state-appointed Aviation Recovery Taskforce, which is made up of airlines and aviation leasing companies, want government rebates on airport and air navigation charges for up to three years. The Taskforce has also called for a stimulus package to be put in place for Ireland’s regional airports.
EBS is facing a lawsuit from the number of mortgage customers after it mistakenly reported them to the Irish Credit Bureau (ICB) for missing their repayments. Rosanna Cooney writes that four mortgage customers are taking legal action alleging that EBS acted unlawfully by sharing their data with the ICB.
- The Temple Bar pub has been refused planning permission to expand the premises
- Irish property developers the Comer brothers made over €200m in profits last year
- The legal dispute over €750k in rent arrears at Bewley’s Café will be heard this week
- The state spent €565m on temporary accommodation for the homeless in the last five years